Poverty, Inc


Michael Matheson Miller

USA, 2015, 91′, English

Turkish Premiere

Photography: Simon Scionka

Editing: Simon Scionka

Music: Tune Society

Sound: Simon Scionka

Producer: Mark Weber

Salhane, 14.10.2016 Friday, 20.00 – 22.00

Synopsis: The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of the development narrative. But the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and developing world leaders have become increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing on perspectives gathered from over 150 interviews shot over 4 years in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. explores the hidden side of doing good. From disaster relief to TOMs Shoes, from adoptions to agricultural subsidies, Poverty, Inc. follows the butterfly effect of our most well-intentioned efforts and pulls back the curtain on the poverty industrial complex – the multi-billion dollar market of NGOs, multilateral agencies, and for-profit aid contractors. Are we catalyzing development or are we propagating a system in which the poor stay poor while the rich get hipper?

Biography: Michael Matheson Miller is a Research Fellow at the Acton Institute and the Director and Producer of “Poverty, Inc.” Previously Michael was the Director of Media and Director of Programs International at the Acton Institute and has appeared in various video curricula including “Doing the Right Thing”. Before coming to Acton he taught philosophy and political science at Ave Maria College in Nicaragua and was the chair of the philosophy and theology department. Michael holds graduate degrees in philosophy, international development, and international business.Michael speaks extensively on themes of international development, entrepreneurship, political economy, and moral philosophy. He has been featured on FOX Business, CNBC, and numerous radio shows. He has been published in The New York Post, The Washington Times, The LA Daily News, The Detroit News, and Real Clear Politics Connect at www.michaelmathesonmiller.com


Austin Film Festival (TX)

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival, Greece

Fife International Environmental Film Festival, France

Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest, Malaysia

Free Spirit Film Festival, India

Addis International Film Festival, Ethiopia

Leeds Film Festival, U.K.

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Ohio

RiverRun International Film Festival, Winston-Salem

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Salento International Film Festival, Italy

Cinema Festival Africa Mostra-se, Lisbon, Portugal

Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes, France

Workers Unite! Film Festival, NYC

EKO International Film Festival, Nigeria

Bahamas International Film Festival

Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival, Canada

World Unite Film Festival, U.K.

Irvine International Film Festival

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

Africa World Documentary Film Festival, Barbados

FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia

Chicago International Social Change Festival

Social Impact Media Awards, Los Angeles

iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

Slum Film Festival, Kenya

FICMA International Environmental Film Festival, Spain

I Will Tell International Film Festival, London


The Emerging Filmmaker Award, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Ohio

The Best Film, Topanga Film Festival

$2500 Grand Prize, Audience Choice Award, Excellence in Filmmaking, Anthem Film Festival

The Best Film, Docutah Film Festival, Utah

Audience Choice Award, Workers Unite!, NYC

Spirit of Freedom Award for Best Documentary, Bahamas International Film Festival

Best Documentary Runner-up, Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival, Kanada

Audience Choice Award, FirstGlance Film Festival, Philadelphia

Special Jury Prize, Social Impact Media Awards, Los Angeles

The Most Creative Documentary, International Christian Film Festival, Orlando

The Best Documentary Prizes and Distinctions, I Will Tell International Film Festival, London

Winner of the Templeton Award

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